Trade: US-China dispute hammers LA and Long Beach ports, local businesses
For the ports and countless other businesses that depend on trade with China, 2019 was a year to forget.
Retail: The mall meltdown hit home with the startling fall of high-flyer Forever 21
In a year that saw the retail apocalypse expand significantly, the most prominent L.A. player caught up in the wave was once one of the city’s highest-flying brands.
Entertainment: Ted Sarandos keeps Netflix at the forefront of Hollywood’s hottest sector
In a year that saw the streaming wars escalate to new heights, Netflix Inc. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos proved himself to be quite the general.
Food: Beyond Meat’s Ethan Brown turns up the heat after sizzling IPO
Ethan Brown once vowed that Beyond Meat Inc.’s burgers would be available at fast food drive-thru windows before his kids were old enough to drive. He’s getting his wish.
Apparel: Local brands Figs, SPI face legal fight
Santa Monica-based medical apparel manufacturer Figs is the target of a lawsuit filed in September by one of its biggest competitors, Chatsworth-based Strategic Partners Inc.
New owner shutters locations, lays off staff
Halo Top Creamery sells to Wells Enterprises, shutters the brand’s retail outlets.
Label maker Avery Dennison Corp. purchased a division of Smartrac Technology Group for $249 million.
Former Mattel executive John Kimble is joining toymaker Jakks Pacific as chief financial officer.
Americana Outdoor will acquire the 100-year-old playground equipment brand L.A. Steelcraft Products Inc.
Malls are going all out this season to boost sales and foot traffic
L.A.’s malls seek to entice holiday shoppers this season with celebrities, cocktails and parties.